Mining for Heart: “Make Your Readers FEEL SOMETHING” by Tammi Sauer

I’m so honored to host the amazing Tammi Sauer, a children’s author who has been tickling funny bones for years. Though Tammi has many new picture books, my all time favorite is still CHICKEN DANCE from 2009. Thank you, Tammi, for sharing how you keep us chuckling!   When writing picture books, I always aim … More Mining for Heart: “Make Your Readers FEEL SOMETHING” by Tammi Sauer

Mining for Heart: “Connections” by Patricia Valdez

Last week I shared Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor, the Woman Who Loved Reptiles, Patricia Valdez’s debut picture book about a little known female scientist. Today, Patricia shares her process of finding the heart of the story from a pile of research.  Before becoming a published children’s book author, I was (and still am) a published scientist. In … More Mining for Heart: “Connections” by Patricia Valdez